Lean on Pete (2017)
as Charley Thompson
as Mr. Kendall
as Horse Trainer
as Warehouse Manager
Critic Reviews for Lean on Pete
I grimly admired the crushing way that it sidesteps romantic baloney at almost every turn, including subverting whatever assumptions we might have about the ultimate role Buscemi's surrogate father figure might play.
"Lean on Pete" is a small gem that covers a vast amount of territory.
There's tragedy here, but what's most winning about Lean on Pete is how Haigh never lingers on misery. He's as interested in surprising kindnesses and the goodness of most folks as he is in life's knocks.
What reads on the surface like an archetypal tale of a boy and his horse becomes an affecting snapshot of the contemporary American underclass in Andrew Haigh's lovely, slow-burning drama, Lean on Pete.
It's frustrating to watch, but designed in such a way that the boy's loneliness will haunt long afterward.
The maker of such intimate dramas as Weekend and 45 Years brings his gifts as a filmmaker with him to the great outdoors, always capturing little moments of character and emotion even in an expanse of seemingly infinite American desert.
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